Death toll from deadly Kabul attack now at 34

Afghans mourn a victim of the deadly suicide bombing

Afghans mourn a victim of the deadly suicide bombing

Afghans carry the body of a man who was killed in a deadly suicide bombing that targeted an educational center in the Shiite neighborhood of Dasht-i Barcha, in western Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday.

The aftermath of the suicide bomb attack in Kabul. The area has been sealed off by security forces. He said three Afghan security personal were also wounded in cleanup operations but no civilians were harmed.

Separately on Thursday, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Kabul that tore through an educational center on Wednesday where teenagers had been studying for a university entrance examination.

The head of Zabul provincial council also confirmed that the Taliban launched an attack on an army check post in Qalat city on Tuesday night.

No group has claimed responsibility, but the bombing resembles previous attacks that have been claimed by ISIS.

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Earlier in the day, the Taliban raided a military base in Baghlan, in northern Afghanistan, killing 40 security personnel. Several Taliban also died in the fighting. For two days, we had no water and no food.

The school bombing underscored the price that ordinary Afghans have paid in the grinding conflict as the country reels from a recent uptick in violence, including a massive, days-long Taliban onslaught on the eastern city of Ghazni. Taliban had launched an attack last Friday and managed to make their way to the city center. So far more than 150 people have been killed in the fighting, according to a local member of parliament. The attacks have left more than 240 people dead. After finding out that his daughter was safe, he helped move the wounded to hospitals.

"Reports indicate that the casualty toll in Ghazni is vast", the United Nations special representative in Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto said Wednesday. But, militarily, the Afghan army proved again, as it has repeatedly over the four years since the USA pulled most of our combat forces out, that they can take on and defeat the Taliban anytime there's a head-to-head military confrontation. Militants apparently have shut down all supply routes to the area, blocking access to both food and weapons.

Two senior Taliban leaders told Reuters this week the group was considering announcing a ceasefire for the feast of Eid-al Adha, which begins next week, but the future of any peace process remained uncertain.

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